For our next event - something very special! We are teaming up with Wikipedia to present a Girl Geeks vs Wikimeet event!
Wikimedia (the parent organisation of Wikipedia) contacted us a few months ago as they wanted to encourage more women to edit Wikipedia - there is currently around a 13 vs 87 % gender split in Wikipedia editors in the UK and they wondered if we could do anything to help.
As you probably know - anyone can edit Wikipedia but it takes a bit of practice and understanding of the basic protocols and principles to get started - so this is why we want to hold this event and encourage more participation. A Wikimeet is a general gathering of Wiki geeks who like to get together and chat informally about Wiki things, so we decided to combine forces and put on this event to enlighten, inform and inspire more women to become involved.
As usual, men are welcome to the event as long as they are invited by one of our female participants. We also want to invite non-geeky females who might simply be interested in editing or writing for Wikipedia - so if you know one of those please bring her along! Wikipedia are providing us with a buffet and a Wikipedia cake!
Our speaker is the trailblazing female Wikipedian Fiona Apps; Fiona is an administrator on the English Wikipedia and a
member of Wikimedia's Volunteer Response Team. She first began editing in 2007,
fixing spelling errors and adding small trivia to articles, but now works with
articles that appear on the front page. She has also assisted Wikimedia, the
charity behind Wikipedia, with their 2010 fundraiser; connecting with users and
the public through social media. When not improving Wikipedia online, she
helps with University Outreach for Wikimedia UK and has helped to create the
first Wikipedia Society at Imperial College, London. She studied at Sarah
Lawrence College in New York and is currently building her writing career.
Please bring your laptops to the event as we will be holding a hands-on Wikipedia editing session as part of the evening - with lots of Wikipedians on hand to help.
The event is free. Please register before Wednesday 17th of August.
If you are interested in helping us run Girl Geek Dinner Bristol please contact us through our blog and come and meet us at 6pm, before the event starts - to discuss possible roles and future events.